March 25, 2008

Peacock Flash Nymph

hook: size 10-16 Tiemco 2457 or other 2x heavy scud hook
thread: 6/0 UNI, black
head: black bead, 5/32"
wingcase: flashback, pearl
thorax: krystal flash, peacock
legs: krystal flash, peacock
body: krystal flash, peacock
rib: Ultra Wire black, medium
tail: krystal flash, peacock

Place bead on hook and wrap thread to hook bend. Tie in 4 or 5 strands of krystal flash, leaving the length of fibers about one-half of hook length as the tail. Tie in wire rib and wrap thread forward, a few eye lengths behind the eye. Wrap (palmer)the krystal flash around the hook, 2/3 of the length, building up a tapered body. Tie in and leave tag end on bottom of hook. Wrap rib in the opposite direction that you wrapped the body, cut. Cut 1/8" wide strip of flashback, and tie in as a wingcase. Wrap the existing tag end of krystal flash forward to behind the beadhead, building a thorax. Tie off and trim. Tie in a bunch of krystal flash on each side of the hook shank behind the bead head, forming the legs, about 2/3 of a hook length. Tie off and trim. Fold the wingcase forward, tie off and trim. Whip finish behind the beadhead and epoxy the threads and wingcase.

I like the look of the krystal flash when it is tied as a yarn. The twisted mylar gives a unique appearance to the fly, and the peacock color is a little more subdued than some of the other varieties of flash, so hopefully it will not be too flashy. The suppleness of the mylar should allow for lifelike movement in the water. This is pretty much a synthetic version of my eclipse nymph pattern, and hopefully will be much more durable. There will be some serious competition in the bugger barn for fly choice. The hardest part will be figuring out which fly to fish first.